Welcome to Behind the Pages' stop on the Blackthorn Book Tour for Of Myth and Shadow!
Aegaan is a vast and righteous kingdom, yet darkness gathers in the distant corners of the realm. Elven raids on small towns have inflamed racial tensions with humans, pushing distrust to hatred and the brink of war.
Anrael wanders the woods alone until a chance meeting tempts him to set aside his contempt for those who scorn his half-elven blood.
When Kylie, a naive elf terrified of humans, is thrust among them against her will, she begins to question her mother's tales of dread.
Having lost everything dear to him, the bandit king Jhelan lives only to seek challenge in battle... until he finds himself willing to die protecting that which he hates the most.
The diabolical mystique of the dark elves cloaks L'an Thal'Sara in protection, but the cruelest lie she tells is to herself.
Thaelwyn, a virtuous knight, sets out to discover the source of the Elves' aggression, but faces a much greater test within his mind.
Beneath the chaos, minions of the Destroyer search for their promised leader, a child possessing power beyond their years. If the innocent falls to darkness, a kingdom rife with hatred will surely crumble.
A huge thank you to Blackthorn Book Tours and Matthew S. Cox for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
Demonic worshipers seek sacrifices to appease their Lord, searching for the child that will bring their salvation. A dark elf fights against the prejudices of her people, searching for her place in the world. A half-elf wanders the land, searching for acceptance. A knight of the crown begins to question himself and the laws he swore to uphold. A bandit king seeks retribution for a past betrayal. An elven girl is a witness to a darkness she never thought she would face. And amidst it all is a cunning evil that stalks them, weaving in and out of their lives driving them closer together as it threatens to engulf them. Welcome to Of Myth and Shadow by Matthew S. Cox.
There are so many different races and cultures incorporated into Of Myth and Shadow. Laying down the foundation of the world takes a little time, so I urge readers to keep turning the pages as each character slowly comes into focus with their hopes and ambitions. Once everything is established readers will have a fantastical world, they can’t help but become immersed in. I loved the diversity in magic systems and the wealth of creatures that made appearances throughout this tale.
Readers who enjoy conflicts and high emotions will devour this book. Page after page is filled with the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of each character. And readers, I do hope you enjoy side quests because Of Myth and Shadow is filled with them. Each quest enhances the readers' views of the main characters and propels them towards their goals.
Contained within these pages is everything a fan of fantasy could hope to see. Stories of redemption, political intrigue, and even a healthy dose of romance. Matthew S. Cox also writes epic battles and does not make light of the grisly details. As combatants’ cross swords, wit and magic readers will be on the edge of their seats awaiting the outcome. I do suggest mature audiences due to some of the graphic details and adult scenes present in the book.
About the Author
Originally from South Amboy NJ, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Since 1996, he has developed the “Divergent Fates” world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, The Awakened Series, The Harmony Paradox, the Prophet of the Badlands series, and the Daughter of Mars series take place.
His books span adult, young-adult, and middle-grade fiction in multiple genres, predominantly science fiction, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy.
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, developer of two custom tabletop RPG systems, and a fan of anime, British humor, and intellectual science fiction that questions the nature of humanity, reality, life, and what might happen after it.
He is also fond of cats, presently living with two: Loki and Dorian.
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